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26 years of lights of love at Phoebe

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By Len Kiese - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – An annual event at Phoebe Putney helps families see there is light at the end of the tunnel.

People packed the hospital's lobby Monday night for the 26th "Lights of Love" ceremony. It allows people to remember or honor family members who are fighting or lost a fight with cancer.

Deerfield Windsor teacher Lynda Gray lit the tree. She's battling ovarian cancer. She shared words of inspiration and said we're all touched by cancer in some way.

"When you go through something like cancer, you learn to change your priorities and you learn to slow down, smell the roses and talk to those fellow individuals who may need your help or an encouraging word," said Gray.

Monday was also Gray's birthday. Some of her 3rd graders surprised her by singing Happy Birthday.

Lights of Love also raises money to benefit Phoebe's cancer center and patients.

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